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Linda Brault

Linda Brault, a Project Director with WestEd, has been working with young children and their families for over 30 years.

Brault directs several state-wide training projects for the Child Development Division of the California Department of Education (CDE) housed within WestEd’s Center for Child and Family Studies. Information on Brault’s projects can be found at the Working Together for Inclusion & Belonging website.

Brault also co-chairs the California Collaborative on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, which promotes the social-emotional development and school readiness of young children from birth to age 8.

She holds board positions in several professional California and national organizations and has published numerous articles and books in the early childhood development field.

Brault is a highly sought-after speaker on inclusion of very young children, young children with challenging behaviors, legal requirements in early intervention/early childhood special education, and transition between early intervention and special education.

Prior to joining WestEd full-time in 2007, Brault worked as a faculty member with WestEd’s Program for Infant/Toddler Care, while directing CDE projects for Sonoma State University. She also has been an instructor in child development at Mira Costa and Palomar community colleges and was an early childhood special education teacher for more than 18 years.

Brault received two bachelors’ degrees—music therapy and psychology—from the University of the Pacific. She received an MA in special education from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and holds an Early Intervention Graduate Certificate from San Diego State University.